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Alchemica II by Maylar Alchemica II by Maylar
Another Alchemy book, custom order.

Size: 1.8 x 1.4 cm (0.70 x 0.55 inch). This book saddle-stitched hardcover book, covered in leather. All is done from scratch. Papers are tea-dyed (Earl Grey) , headband and bookmark are hand-weaved.

There's 35 pages+endpapers, covered with 67 drawings of alchemy symbols, decorations and lettering, all done by hand. There are numerous "damages" made on book inside and out, burns, stains, rips, so it would resemble old, used book. Covers are gilded with pva/gold paint method.

You can see the video here:
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Hope you like it :)
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cybelemoon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to see HOW you do these... they all... and I mean ALL just amaze me. How you work on such a small scale and get things so precise. WOW. :heart:
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zombiegirl1358 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
How much would it be, this would make a great present for my brother he loves alchemy
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
With full drawings, 55$ for the real leather/gold one, 45$ for the faux leather/gold paint.
Without drawings (empty book with just covers in the same fashion): 35$ for "real" materials one, 25$ for the "faux" materials one. Whole shipping on me (as with all my customers) and a 5$ discount if you order something else as well.
Just let me know over the notes, if you want one.
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
I just love this book. The ourobourus on the cover is great! and I admire again how neat and tidy and perfect all your symbols look; it must be difficult to draw on such tiny pages.
Your miniature books are a constant inspiration for me. I want to become a bookbinder myself; I have tought myself the basics, and I'm going to start an apprenticeship at a school for people with disabilities (I'm so happy they offer this not-so-common profession there! Otherwise I wouldn't be able to pursue this). It's going to be hard work, but art like yours always shows me how worthwile this is.
Did you have a bookbinding apprenticeship, did you take courses, or are you self-taught? I bet you had to come up with a lot of the techniques yourself, working at such tiny scales.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
First, thank you, I truly appreciate you like this book! :)

Second, I am incredibly happy for you and wish you the best of luck in this wonderful profession and learning it! Yes, it will be a hard work learning this, but an beautiful, satisfactory one and I'm completely sure you will enjoy it, too.

Third, to answer your question: beside of being a professional artist, my real profession is restorer/conserver of art, specialized in religious icons...In order to learn that, I had to learn calligraphy and through calligraphy I got interested in old texts and books. Then that interest pushed me further into bookbinding and my own curiosity for miniature things, into miniature books.

Lol, a long way...Actually, I never had any courses of bookbinding, but kept taking advices from professionals here and there (whenever I caught the chance, lol), until finding my way through it. And by now, sure, I come up with few techniques for this and that that help me through. ;)

If you ever need any help, advice or anything of the sort and feel I could help, feel free to note me anytime...I will be more than glad to answer to any question and help if I can. Actually, for someone like you, it will be a pleasure. :)
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Space-bag Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
amazing work i must say, do you have anymore available for purchase?
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, glad you like it. Yeah, I can make you one if you would like to...just contact me over notes if you are interested :)
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syarali00 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
so freaking awesome
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much! :)
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:iconflameshaft:
flameshaft Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
So well done!!!! I'm jealous of your talents~
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I have it and it is remarkable. Everything is so wonderful. You truly have an awesome talent. Thank you very much!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! So it finally came! :) I'm glad you like it in person too :D
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Oh wow. I....haha

Words just cant describe it. It was worth every penny and more.
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SparxFlame Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous, as with all your work. :heart:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:iconkt-silver:
KT-Silver Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
One word...........WOW!!!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconkt-silver:
KT-Silver Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
You're welcome! :D
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dark--shepherd Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
stunning : )
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really neat!!!!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
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Karenee-Art Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, of course. Some day I intend to commission one of these (though on a fairytale theme) ... but who knows when that will be. :P
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, hon, you know I appreciate it :hug: :) As for commission, you also know you can have whatever book you may want, whenever you want it :)
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Amazing as ever. I love the uroborous on the cover, and all your diagrams are lovely. So clean with perfect lettering!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconpetrova:
petrova Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh, nice! :la:
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^ Thank you :)
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redambrosia Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really beautiful! Where did you find all those symbols? I have such a hard time finding a good symbol dictionary...
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, I have several books in my home library...my family is a bit "bibliophilic" ;) and was so for many generations, so in the end it resulted with quite interesting stuff being piled around.
There's a particular book about alchemy from 1907 I adore "Secreta Alchimia", which consists mostly diagrams, symbols and drawings of alchemy tools. Most of the symbols here comes from it, some of the other from other few books and so on.
I agree, it is pretty hard to obtain a good symbol dictionary...in the end, it is best to just pick few books instead of one and start building your own database :)
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   General Artist
:wow:!!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^
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1DAKOTA-SMITH1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
very cool ^_^
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh oh oh !!!! love it!!!
alright some loving was because of the signs and symbol
I love symbol stuff!
look at the page.....
I just can't imagine how much time and effort you put in this kind of thing
it looks tiring!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it takes time, but I love doing these! :D And I love symbols too, so when it comes to books that include them, it is extra pleasure :D
Btw, thank you...I'm glad you like it :D
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sognodrago Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you could make money with these :D
and you are welcome :)
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I love it. This is truly amazing.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much, I'm beyond glad you like it :D
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:iconjustjakk:
justjakk Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
I don't know how much I can say about this. I'm speechless.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^
Sometimes, silence is better than words ;)
Thank you once again...I'm truly glad you like it :)
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OhNoNoel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Holy cow, how neat!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks :D
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:iconbettifelon:
BettiFelon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011   General Artist
This is amazing! I love it!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, amazing as always! 8D
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you so much :D
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MayonakaSun Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah...again this is so amazing!!
You must have a lot of patience, and all I can say is its well worth it.
Great work :D~
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :D
I'm truly glad you like it :)
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wildsprite Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
what a hell of a work!
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